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* ''Webcomic/ATaleOfTwoRulers'': Zelda stocks her magical lab with an emergency [[LimitedUseMagicalDevice scroll]] to conjure up a long-lasting spherical BeehiveBarrier around dangerous {{Magic Misfire}}s.
-->'''Ghirahim:''' How long will that hold [[AnimalisticAbomination him]]?\\
'''Vaati:''' A few weeks, I think ... Then we can roll him through [the portal] and make him some other universe's problem.
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* In the ''Literature/XandriCorelel'' book ''Tone of Voice'', the [[AbsoluteXenophobe Last Hope for Humanity]] use one of these to trap a number of Hands and Voices within an area, then drop raw meat into the water to attract the [[SeaMonster Disharmonies]]. They play to wait until the field is surrounded, then deactivate it and let the Hands and Voices get eaten.


** The Warp Core on every ship is encased in a Containment Field, which fails with depressing regularity. Generally just becomes in danger of failing (often due to very heavy damage), since failure means a CriticalExistenceFailure unless it is ejected. The same goes for the antimatter storage. And the ejection systems almost ''never'' work.

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** In the TrekVerse, FasterThanLightTravel is powered by antimatter - when antimatter and matter meet, they go 'boom' with enough energy to generate a crazy amount of power. Of course, that means if the force field fails, a ''lot'' of antimatter is exposed to the air, which very much counts as matter. The result is your engine ''instantly'' goes up like a nuke, no ands, ifs, or buts. The Warp Core on every ship is encased in a Containment Field, which fails with depressing regularity. Generally just becomes in danger of failing (often due to very heavy damage), since failure means a CriticalExistenceFailure unless it is ejected.with depressing regularity. The same goes for the antimatter storage. Ejecting them and stranding the ship in deep space is the only way of saving yourselves if a containment loss is about to happen. And the ejection systems almost ''never'' work.


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*Every Gem in ''WesterAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is able to create a small bubble-like force field. Gems' bodies are HardLight projections from their gemstones, and enough damage causes the body to dissipate and the Gem must create a new body upon recovering from the injury. This leaves you with a window of time to make a bubble around the gemstone, keeping it in stasis so your enemy doesn't regenerate. This is the number one way of dealing with the MonsterOfTheWeek or some dangerous artifacts, which also have gemstones. [[spoiler: This is because the Gem Homeworld is pretty cruel when it comes to enemies, or underlings who've failed, or just anyone considered to no longer be of use. The monsters are formerly sentient Gems who've been turned into mindless beasts by a FantasticNuke during the BigOffScreenWar and the artifacts are Gems who've been unable to regenerate as their gemstones were used to power technology - some in a very conscious, very hellish state]]. However, the bubbles are quite prone to being popped - they're actually quite weak, meant to make inert Gems stay inert, not resist damage from active Gems. There's a reason the bubbles are kept in a room only TheLeader Garnet can access; it'd be entirely too easy to bump into one, pop it, release a monster that would most likely pop others just by running around, and then we're all pretty much screwed. As it is, bad things have been accidentally freed more than once.



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* Scranton Reality Anchors in the ''WebOriginal/SCPFoundation'' are a handy tool used to clamp down on [[FunctionalMagic various]] [[RealityWarping forms]] of [[NegativeSpaceWedgie tomfoolery]] regarding the laws of physics... the catch being that playing tug of war with the fabric of reality can [[TimeCrash end poorly]]. Or the anchor(s) might just [[PhlebotinumOverload blow up]]. Or blow up and ''then'' break reality. And long-term exposure to reality anchors has [[ToxicPhlebotinum unfortunate side effects]]. And the devices are in-universe {{Black Box}}es, with [[PerilousPowerSource any number]] [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve of increasingly]] [[CapturedSuperEntity concerning]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild explanations]]. And they [[LeakingCanOfEvil aren't 100% effective]]. If they [[NoSell even work at all]] on a particular anomaly. But other than that, they're great.

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* Scranton Reality Anchors in the ''WebOriginal/SCPFoundation'' ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' are a handy tool used to clamp down on [[FunctionalMagic various]] [[RealityWarping forms]] of [[NegativeSpaceWedgie tomfoolery]] regarding the laws of physics... the catch being that playing tug of war with the fabric of reality can [[TimeCrash end poorly]]. Or the anchor(s) might just [[PhlebotinumOverload blow up]]. Or blow up and ''then'' break reality. And long-term exposure to reality anchors has [[ToxicPhlebotinum unfortunate side effects]]. And the devices are in-universe {{Black Box}}es, with [[PerilousPowerSource any number]] [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve of increasingly]] [[CapturedSuperEntity concerning]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild explanations]]. And they [[LeakingCanOfEvil aren't 100% effective]]. If they [[NoSell even work at all]] on a particular anomaly. But other than that, they're great.


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* The EnchantedForestChronicles contains an interesting example: [[spoiler:The Wizards erect a magical barrier around the castle that contains the [[KingInTheMountain sleeping king]], one through which only they can pass. The Dragons erect a similar barrier (except that only ''they'' can pass through it) to keep the Wizards from doing whatever they want with the castle.]]

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* The EnchantedForestChronicles ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'' contains an interesting example: [[spoiler:The Wizards erect a magical barrier around the castle that contains the [[KingInTheMountain sleeping king]], one through which only they can pass. The Dragons erect a similar barrier (except that only ''they'' can pass through it) to keep the Wizards from doing whatever they want with the castle.]]

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* Done twice in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'':
** In the "End of an Era" video that brought an end to the 1.0 version of the game, Louisoux uses this on the Primal Bahamut to reseal him after he breaks out of Dalamud. [[spoiler:Bahamut proves to be ''much'' stronger than the old mage and destroys it.]]
** At the end of Patch 3.5 Part 1 mission, "Griffin, Griffin, On the Wall", [[spoiler:Papalymo is forced to use the same exact spell to contain the brand new Primal that is given birth by the deaths of Ilberd and the other Ala Mhigo resistance fighters slaughtered by the Garleans. Though, [[HeroicSacrifice it ends up killing Papalymo]], it works and it gives the heroes time to initiate the GodzillaThreshold - finding and awakening Omega Weapon.]]


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* The use of a magnetic field (called an I-field in this universe) compressing the reactants is how most Franchise/{{Gundam}}s are able to fit a fusion reactor (which should, by all rights be the size of a small city) into a mech the size of a small building. As an added bonus, this means if said field fails we get to see StuffBlowingUp.
** These containment fields are also responsible for most of the Mobile Suit's EnergyWeapons, drawing particles from their reactor and using pressure from the containment field to fuse them into heavier particles, which can then be harnessed as various kinds of particle beams. The [[WaveMotionGun Beam Cannon]] and [[LaserBlade Beam Saber]] are both applications of this technology.
** The 'Mechs and some high-tech vehicles of TabletopGame/BattleTech run off of small fusion engines the same way. The game rules assume that they simply shut down when damaged, instead of blowing up dramatically. Official but optional rules for cinematic explosions or the somewhat more plausible possibility that superheated plasma squeezed hard enough will rapidly expand if the pressure is taken away; not an explosion, but just as lethal to the 'Mech it happens to (less so to others).
* In the [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', if the characters are training and he's around, [[BarrierWarrior Yuuno]] creates these to minimalize damage to the surrounding area. Of course, since his fields are trying to contain the attacks of some very trigger-happy [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons Of Mass Destruction]], these tend to get destroyed.

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* The use of a magnetic field (called an I-field in this universe) compressing the reactants is how most Franchise/{{Gundam}}s are able to fit a fusion reactor (which should, by all rights be the size of a small city) into a mech the size of a small building. As an added bonus, this means if said field fails we get to see StuffBlowingUp.
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StuffBlowingUp. These containment fields are also responsible for most of the Mobile Suit's EnergyWeapons, drawing particles from their reactor and using pressure from the containment field to fuse them into heavier particles, which can then be harnessed as various kinds of particle beams. The [[WaveMotionGun Beam Cannon]] and [[LaserBlade Beam Saber]] are both applications of this technology. \n** \\\
The 'Mechs and some high-tech vehicles of TabletopGame/BattleTech run off of small fusion engines the same way. The game rules assume that they simply shut down when damaged, instead of blowing up dramatically. Official but optional rules for cinematic explosions or the somewhat more plausible possibility that superheated plasma squeezed hard enough will rapidly expand if the pressure is taken away; not an explosion, but just as lethal to the 'Mech it happens to (less so to others).
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In the [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', manga]], if the characters are training and he's around, [[BarrierWarrior Yuuno]] creates these to minimalize damage to the surrounding area. Of course, since his fields are trying to contain the attacks of some very trigger-happy [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons Of Mass Destruction]], these tend to get destroyed.



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* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', supposedly the only thing Kid Flash can't escape from.

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* The Warp Core on every ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ship is encased in a Containment Field, which fails with depressing regularity.
** Generally just becomes in danger of failing (often due to very heavy damage), since failure means a CriticalExistenceFailure unless it is ejected. The same goes for the antimatter storage.
** And the ejection systems almost ''never'' work.

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The Warp Core on every ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ship is encased in a Containment Field, which fails with depressing regularity.
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regularity. Generally just becomes in danger of failing (often due to very heavy damage), since failure means a CriticalExistenceFailure unless it is ejected. The same goes for the antimatter storage.
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storage. And the ejection systems almost ''never'' work.



* The main fusion reactor of ''Series/BabylonFive'' is maintained by elaborate machinery which acts as a Containment Field.
** It is never really talked about or in danger of failing. Only once did a homicidal maniac slap a bomb to it big enough to "blow through to the reactor", and in an alternate future that never happened Garibaldi "rigged" the reactor to blow. In 2280, when it is scuttled, the explosion clearly originates from the reactor. The words "Containment" and "Field" are never uttered together in either of those instances.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'' any Replicator held in a containment field is guaranteed to escape.

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* The main fusion reactor of ''Series/BabylonFive'' is maintained by elaborate machinery which acts as a Containment Field.
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Field. It is never really talked about or in danger of failing. Only once did a homicidal maniac slap a bomb to it big enough to "blow through to the reactor", and in an alternate future that never happened Garibaldi "rigged" the reactor to blow. In 2280, when it is scuttled, the explosion clearly originates from the reactor. The words "Containment" and "Field" are never uttered together in either of those instances.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'' ''Series/StargateSG1'', any Replicator held in a containment field is guaranteed to escape.escape, since adapting to other species' technology is their main skill.



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* As mentioned in the intro above, modern Fission reactors typically feature the containment rods being held up by electromagnets. In the event of an emergency, the electromagnets fail and the control rods drop into the reactor to shut it down. In this scenario, the ContainmentField actually contains the ''safety device'' rather than the potentially dangerous reaction. Such an arrangement is but one example of a "Fail-Safe" design.

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* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'': The Chinese underwater base has an energy field around the interdimensional portal to keep any nasty things that might jump out contained. This also has the unfortunate effect (for the heroes) of [[spoiler:keeping Aiden ''out'' and causing Jodie to lose her mind control over the base commander.]]

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* Scranton Reality Anchors in the ''WebOriginal/SCPFoundation'' are a handy tool used to clamp down on [[FunctionalMagic various]] [[RealityWarping forms]] of [[NegativeSpaceWedgie tomfoolery]] regarding the laws of physics... the catch being that playing tug of war with the fabric of reality can [[TimeCrash end poorly]]. Or the anchor(s) might just [[PhlebotinumOverload blow up]]. Or blow up and ''then'' break reality. And long-term exposure to reality anchors has [[ToxicPhlebotinum unfortunate side effects]]. And the devices are in-universe {{Black Box}}es, with [[PerilousPowerSource any number]] [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve of increasingly]] [[CapturedSuperEntity concerning]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild explanations]]. And they [[LeakingCanOfEvil aren't 100% effective]]. If they [[NoSell even work at all]] on a particular anomaly. But other than that, they're great.


* In TheWheelOfTime the Dark One has both the seal the Creator established around him, and then [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it's pierced]] in the attempt to tap into a new form of magic, and the resultant hole is patched. Making it a containment field on a containment field.

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* In TheWheelOfTime ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the Dark One has both the seal the Creator established around him, and then [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it's pierced]] in the attempt to tap into a new form of magic, and the resultant hole is patched. Making it a containment field on a containment field.

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